Re: How does NVDA read text boxes?

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Yes I had terrible trouble in word with supernova and different versions of word seemed to completely screw it up each time as well. I often wondered why when Microsoft was writing a new version, they did not make finding the objects and the things inside them more easy from the screenreader point of view. I did try Jaws once back on XP but found that awful as well.

On the other hand of course, many sighted people find creating and using such presentation items a bit less than intuitive as well. maybe we just don't need them in the first place.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin O'Sullivan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How does NVDA read text boxes?

Hi Ann

This discussion came up before, at,,,20,2,0,0

here is one way of doing it.

This works because,once you are in a text box (or picture or other object)
you can press TAB to move between them.

here is what you need to do.
1 Save the document, to keep any changes you want to keep .
2 Add a text box into a document by pressing alt+n, x, enter
3 Press escape once (so you are out of the text itself but the text box is
still selected),
4 You can press TAB to move between the objects in the document (this wraps
so if you press TAB on the last object in the document it will jump back to
the first object).
5 Remove the text box you just added, by exiting the document without
saving changes.

Text boxes are difficult for a screen reader to access.

You can read the full article at,,,20,2,0,0

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On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:27 PM, Ann Byrne <> wrote:

I received a word document that appeared to be blank. Turns out it is a
series of 15 text boxes of information. How can I read stinkin' text boxes
with NVDA???


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